Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique in which fine needles are inserted, using a painless needling technique, to target nerves, muscles and other structures that are contributing towards clinical problems. The needles can be stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system. Using electro-acupuncture can help "clean up" dysfunctional areas of the body that may be causing pain or injury. The added electrical stimulation decreases pain signals, increases blood flow to help tissue healing, increases motor control, normalizes muscle recruitment patterns and regulates the nervous system.
Many people associate the needles used in acupuncture with the needles used for other medical purposes, however acupuncture needles are very different. They are thin, fine and fairly flexible. They measure approximately 0.22-0.25mm in diameter which is as thin as a human hair!